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Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

CALLE EL RECODO NO 2, EDIF MONTE MIRADOR 3RD FLOOR, SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
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Dominican Republic

Corporate and finance
Corporate and finance - ranked: tier 2

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti fields ‘a variety of lawyers, each with different strengths’: key corporate/finance figures include Georges Santoni, María Esther Fernández, Roman Medina, José Maldonado and name partner and ‘ethical gentleman’ Luis Heredia. Of counsel Jonathan Russin, who divides his time between Washington DC and Santo Domingo, is also active in the space. The ‘very responsive’ practice handles a substantial volume of cross-border mandates; recent matters saw Santoni act for Emerson Electric on the spin-off of its Network Power business, involving a subsidiary in the Dominican Republic; and Russin advised call-centre operator Acquire BPO on the incorporation and operation of a subsidiary in Santo Domingo. The team advises clients on business plans, financial regulations and project financing (it also handles distribution agreements), and is commended for its ‘clear, concise, understandable advice’ and value for money. Associate Mónica Villafaña is singled out for her ‘timely responses’ and ‘in-depth responses’. Other clients include Siemens, GlaxoSmithKline, Bayer and Pfizer.

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Georges Santoni - Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

Georges Santoni, María Esther Fernández and José Maldonado are the key dispute resolution partners at Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, and of counsel Jonathan Russin, who divides his time between Washington DC and Santo Domingo, also participates in contentious matters. The ‘highly responsive’ department has been particularly active in relation to the country’s onerous Ley 173, which governs distribution contracts: defending Zoetis against actions brought by Veterinaria del Norte, demanding both $10m in damages and a termination of its distribution agreement; and defending Robert Bosch against a $20m claim by JOCASA based on the alleged de facto exclusivity of its distribution role. The team is also active in the aviation sector, advising Delta Air Lines on its prosecution of an alleged fraudster accused of credit card cloning for approximately $400,000; it also defended United Parcel Service against a $345,000 torts compensation claim brought by Aerotim Cargo. Other clients include Almacenes Sema, Isla Dominicana de Petroleo Corporation and Bayer.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

Rosa Campillo leads the team at Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, and has done so for nearly 25 years; she is supported by associates Monika Fiallo Paradas and Laura Cruz Félix. The department assists clients with the protection of their trade marks, industrial designs, software and domain names and copyright, as well as offering advice on protection against online piracy. Longstanding clients include Pfizer, Facebook, Apple Inc and Novartis; more recently, the team has been instructed by South Hills Designs and Nature’s Sunshine Products.

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Real estate and tourism
Real estate and tourism - ranked: tier 2

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti’s ‘excellent’ practice has particular experience in representing local and international developers on real estate projects, including the acquisition of land and other assets. Georges Santoni, Roman Medina, María Esther Fernández and José Maldonado are the key partners active in the real estate and tourism sector and recent activity saw Maldonado advise the Martinez Garcia family on the $1.7m sale of 2,500m² of land to supermarket Bravo. He also assisted the Gadala Maria family with the distribution of 115 properties among family members. The ‘experienced, dedicated’ Medina is praised as ‘thoughtful, thorough, intelligent and hardworking’.

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